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International Competitions - July 03, 2023 22:45UEFA Futsal Champions League 23/24Preliminary and main round drawsCourtesy: UEFA.com


UEFA Futsal Champions League preliminary and main round draws

Thursday, June 29, 2023

The draws streamed at 14:00 CET on Wednesday 5 July set groups for the preliminary round in August and main round in October.

The UEFA Futsal Champions League season begins on Wednesday 5 July with the draw for the preliminary and main rounds, streamed live at 14:00 CET.

Each of the 55 entrants from 51 associations will be involved in one or either round. Four nations (Spain, Portugal,? Kazakhstan and Croatia) enter two clubs and those countries' eight representatives – including holders Mallorca Palma Futsal – are among the 23 sides with the highest coefficients who receive byes to the main round, which runs from 24 to 29 October.

The other 32 teams start in the preliminary round, which runs from 22 to 27 August, aiming to fill the remaining main round places. The main round leads to November and December's elite round, which will decide the four contenders for the knockout finals in May.

How the draws work

Preliminary round

Draw procedure
• The clubs are split into four seeding positions based on their coefficient.
• Eight teams starting in the preliminary round were pre-selected as mini-tournament hosts and drawn separately, before being placed in their appropriate seeding position from Group A to H.
• The remaining sides in seeding position 4 are drawn next and placed in the remaining slots for position 4 in from Group A to H.
• The remaining clubs in position 3, position 2 and position 1 are drawn in a similar manner to fill the remaining places in the groups.
• The eight group winners and best runner-up progress to the main round Path B.

Based on previous decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, clubs from Armenia & Azerbaijan, and Kosovo & Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be drawn into the same group.

Seeding pots

Pot 1: Hosts
KSC Lubawa (POL, seeding position 1)
Futsal Klub Lucenec (SVK, 1)
Doukas SAC (GRE, 1)
Riga Futsal Club (LVA, 2)
KMF Titograd (MNE, 2)
Tirana Futsal (ALB, 2)
Amigo Northwest (BUL, 3)
AEL Limassol (CYP, 3)

Pot 2: Seeding position 4
Bloomsbury Futsal (ENG)
PYF Saltires (SCO)
ASA Tel-Aviv Owls (ISR)
Istanbul Sisli SK (TUR)
Sparta Belfast (NIR)
FC Fiorentino (SMR)
Ísbjörninn (ISL)
Europa FC (GIB)

Pot 3: Seeding position 3
NV Georgians (GRO)
FC Encamp (AND)
BSC Nistru Chisinau (MDA)
SSV Jahn Regensburg (GER)
Utleira Idrettslag (NOR)
Cefn Druids (WAL)

Pot 4: Seeding position 2
FC Diamant Linz (AUT)
FC Prishtina 01 (KOS)
Yerevan Futsal Club (ARM)
FC Cosmos Tallinn (EST)
Blue Magic FC Dublin (IRL)

Pot 5: Seeding position 1
Araz Naxçivan (AZE)
Futsal Minerva (SUI)
Örebro SK Futsalklubb (SWE)
FC Eindhoven (NED)
KMF Radnik Bijeljina (BIH)


Main round

Draw procedure
Four nations – Spain, Portugal,? Kazakhstan and Croatia – enter two clubs, and those countries' eight representatives, including holders Palma, are among the 23 teams with the highest coefficients, receiving byes to the main round. The remaining places in the main round are filled by the eight preliminary round group winners and best runner-up.

Path A
• Holders Palma, the next 11 top-ranked clubs and further teams ranked 16th to 19th are involved in this path.
• Clubs are allocated one of four seeding positions as per their coefficients.
• Four clubs are designated as hosts and drawn separately, while maintaining their seeding positions, and placed in Groups 1 to 4 in ascending order.
• The remaining teams are drawn in pots representing seeding positions 4 to 1 in ascending order. In each case teams are drawn and placed in the appropriate positions in Groups 1 to 4, missing out any group which already has a host assigned to that position.
• There is no country protection.
• The top three teams in each of the four groups proceed to the elite round.


Seeding pots

Pot 9: Hosts
AE Mallorca Palma Futsal (ESP, holders, 1)
Futsal Klub Dobovec (SVN, 2)
MNK Olmissum (CRO, 2)
KMF Loznica-Grad 2018 (SRB, 4)

Pot 10: Seeding position 4
FC Hit (UKR)
FC Differdange 03 (LUX)
Etoile Lavalloise (FRA)

Pot 11: Seeding position 3
MFC Ayat (KAZ)
Haladás VSE (HUN)
Luxol St. Andrews Futsal (MLT)
United Galati (ROU)

Pot 12: Seeding position 2
Kairat Almaty (KAZ)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL)

Pot 13: Seeding position 1
Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
Barça (ESP)
SL Benfica (POR)

Path B
• The clubs ranked 12th to 15th, and 20th to 22nd, are joined by the eight preliminary round group winners and best runner-up.
?• There are four seeding positions. The clubs ranked 12th to 15th are in position 1 and those ranked 20th to 22nd in position 2, along with one preliminary round winner. The remaining preliminary round winners are in a further pot to fill positions 3 and 4, while the best preliminary round runner-up is pre-allocated into Group 5 position 4.
• All four clubs in seeding position 1 are earmarked as group hosts.
• The winners of each of the four groups move on to the elite round.


Seeding pots

Pot 6: Preliminary round winners (Seeding positions 2 (one club), 3 and 4)
Preliminary round Group A winners
Preliminary round Group B winners
Preliminary round Group C winners
Preliminary round Group D winners
Preliminary round Group E winners
Preliminary round Group F winners
Preliminary round Group G winners
Preliminary round Group H winners

Best preliminary round runner-up is pre-allocated into Group 5 position 4. The eight preliminary round group winners are drawn into the remaining positions 4, then 3 and Group 5 position 2.
Based on previous decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, clubs from Armenia & Azerbaijan, and Kosovo & Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be drawn into the same group. Should the prohibited clash only take place in case of qualification of the said club from the preliminary round to the Main Round Path B, this club will be swapped with the club in the same position in the next group (or with the first group if the prohibited clash would arise in the last group).

Pot 7: Seeding position 2
Kampuksen Dynamo (FIN)
JB Futsal Gentofte (DEN)
FC Stalitsa Minsk (BLR)

Clubs are drawn to fill position 2 in Groups 6 to 8.

Pot 9: Seeding position 1 & Group hosts
Kauno Zalgiris (LTU)
SK Plzen (CZE)
Città di Eboli (ITA)
Futsal Dinamo (CRO)

Clubs are drawn to fill position 1 in Groups 5 to 8.


Team facts

Palma won the title on debut last season. Barça, Benfica, Kairat and 2023 runners-up Sporting CP are also past winners.
Anderlecht and Araz are past semi-finalists.
Kairat become the first club to enter 20 seasons of UEFA futsal competition. Araz make their 18th appearance, Encamp their 17th.
Debuts: AEL Limassol, Bloomsbury, Etoile Lavalloise, FC Hit, Futsal Dinamo, Lubawa, Prishtina 01, Radnik Bijeljina.
Riga Futsal Club previously entered as Petro-w.
Calendar
Preliminary round: 22–27 August
Main round: 24–29 October
Elite round draw: 2 November
Elite round: 28 November–3 December
Finals draw: TBC
Finals: 2 or 3 & 4 or 5 May

All dates subject to change


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